- 1[transitive] stab somebody to push a sharp, pointed object, especially a knife, into somebody, killing or injuring them He was stabbed to death in a racist attack. She stabbed him in the arm with a screwdriver.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] to make a short, aggressive or violent movement with a finger or pointed object synonym jab, prod stab something (at/into/through something) He stabbed his finger angrily at my chest. She stabbed her cigarette into the ashtray. stab somebody/something (with something) She stabbed the air with her fork. stab at/into/through something (figurative) The pain stabbed at his chest. Word Origin late Middle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples He is accused of repeatedly stabbing a 16-year-old boy. He was fatally stabbed. He was found stabbed in his car. He was stabbed in the chest. I stabbed at my meat with my fork. Tina accidentally stabbed herself with her pencil.Idioms to do or say something that harms somebody who trusts you synonym betray
BrE BrE//stæb//; NAmE NAmE//stæb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stab
BrE BrE//stæb//; NAmE NAmE//stæb//he / she / it stabs
BrE BrE//stæbz//; NAmE NAmE//stæbz//past simple stabbed
BrE BrE//stæbd//; NAmE NAmE//stæbd//past participle stabbed
BrE BrE//stæbd//; NAmE NAmE//stæbd//-ing form stabbing
BrE BrE//ˈstæbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæbɪŋ//